Essay on The Truman Show

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The Truman Show

The Truman Show is a movie
about a man who is held captive
inside a world that revolves
around him. Truman Burbank,
the main character has been
raised on a huge TV
Soundstage filled with hidden
cameras and actors who
pretend to be his friends and
family. This world is one
where he is literally trapped in
his own life by the surreal
existence in which he has
been forced to spend every
day of his thirty years. Since
the day he was born Truman
Burbank's life was controlled
from a huge control panel in the
sky; controlled by a manipulation
of how life should be, in a perfect
world. At the hands of such
manipulators we see how the
role of media in our world
persuades us into living in a way
that we would otherwise not
intend to.

It is quite often oblivious to all of
us, the effect that media has on
us. However, where ever we look
the effects of media have altered
the coarse of living. The clothes
we wear, the sports we play, the
music we listen to and our
political opinions, are all aspects
that are influenced by the media.
Advertising is the chief culprit in
many cases.

We often see others responding
to the effects of media whether it
is consciously or subconsciously.
As victims of commercialism, we
then respond to those who have
been effected by media. An
example of this is the clothes
that we wear. We see people on
television and else where,
looking trendy and we respond
to it by going out and aiming to
look the same way, therefore
buying the clothes. There are
many devices that aid in media's
effect on people. Television,
radio, newspapers, billboards;
magazines and the Internet are
all forms of media and they all
are forever surrounding us. One
or the other is sure to appease to
most people's tastes.

Pessimism we can see is often a
device of the media; it seems to
attract much attention.
Newspapers constantly thrive on
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